Dimensions: 25.3cm(H) x 9.5cm(W) x 7.0cm(D) / 10.0"(H) x 3.7"(W) x 2.8"(D)
Diameter: 7.0cm / 2.8"
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Anthropomorphism is a crucial concept in Shintoism, Japan’s ethnic religion. Shintoists believe that everything – the universe itself included – has a soul or spirit. Hence the question, how might objects be imbued with a "soul" such that they display character or tell a unique story? Staying true to this philosophy, there was an intent to borrow a distinct gesture that is ingrained into Japanese culture, a humble bow.
In Japan, the "bower" expresses appreciation and respect to the person being bowed to by bending at the waist. Coincidentally, this action shares a similar spirit typology with a carafe - one that humbly offers.
Accentuating this honorific ritual, the Bow carafe breaks out of its rigid, geometric shell to greet its user. With a simple bend, Bow extends an open invitation for one to serve water, beverage or wine via its newly formed lip.
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Design can be perceived as an open conversation not just between people, but also our environment. Hence, common sense, driven by logic, sensitivity and empathy, is crucial and often a cornerstone for a fruitful dialogue.
Though trained as an industrial designer, Kevin is essentially a curious explorer at heart. Hence, he observes, question and tinker with the rituals we perform - from mundane tasks to the culturally exotic.
Keen to know more? Check out his website here: http://kevinchiam.com/
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